09/03/2009 11:00PM

Mine That Bird set for Ruidoso drill


Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird has been galloping on a regular basis since returning to the Ruidoso Downs base of his trainer, Chip Woolley, and could work Sunday or Monday. Woolley on Friday was debating when he will breeze the horse, who is being pointed to the Grade 1, $350,000 Goodwood at Santa Anita on Oct. 10.

Mine That Bird is making a brief stop in New Mexico en route to Southern California, where he is tentatively scheduled to arrive Sept. 14. The horse got into Ruidoso last Wednesday from Saratoga, where he had been training toward a start in the Grade 1 Travers. But Mine That Bird was forced to miss the race after undergoing surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis. He has not missed a beat since returning to New Mexico.

"It's gone good," Woolley said. "He made the trip out really well from Saratoga, got up here, and has trained well. He's bright-eyed."

Mine That Bird is in town to lead the post parade for the Grade 1, $2 million All-American Futurity for Quarter Horses on Monday. Woolley said the horse will be ridden by exercise rider Charlie Figueroa and would be guided by a stable pony ridden by his assistant trainer. Figueroa is expected to wear the silks of Mine That Bird's owners, Buena Suerte Equine and Double Eagle Ranch.

Mine That Bird also will make one other personal appearance while he is home in New Mexico. Woolley said the horse will spend the day at Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell on Sept. 10, when there will be an open house. From there, Mine That Bird will head to California.

Woolley said Friday he is looking into the logistics of flying Mine That Bird to Santa Anita. The horse flew from New Jersey to El Paso, Texas, last week, but was famously vanned from Sunland Park to Churchill Downs last April. Woolley was behind the wheel for that trip, and the rig that was used was the same one that brought Mine That Bird from El Paso to Ruidoso on Wednesday.

"I had a friend of mine come up and drive it back from Saratoga," said Woolley, who flew back home to New Mexico.

Woolley said Mine That Bird is scheduled to work a half-mile. The horse last breezed Aug. 31 and before that was third in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park on Aug. 1. The Goodwood is expected to serve as his springboard to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

Ruidoso closes its meet Monday with the All-American Futurity. The action at the track Sunday includes the Grade 1, $624,784 All-American Quarter Horse Derby, for which Woolley will send out Louisianafeature One. The horse races for Double Eagle.

Jonesboro works for Governor's Cup

Jonesboro was already looking like a strong favorite for Monday's $150,000 Governor's Cup at Remington Park off the 109 Beyer Speed Figure he earned for his win last out in the Grade 2 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows. But he furthered his cause Friday morning, when he breezed a half-mile in 46.97 seconds at his home base of Remington.

"He went good, did it well in hand," said Randy Morse, who trains Jonesboro for Mike Langford.

The move was the fastest of 34 at the distance and came on a track rated fast. Cliff Berry was aboard, and Morse said the rider has the mount in the Governor's Cup.

Also pointing to the 1 1/16-mile race are Orientate Express and Alcomo. Orientate Express won the $50,000 Omaha Stakes at Horsemen's Park in July. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel said Orientate Express is now based at Remington and will be ridden by Glen Murphy. Alcomo won the $200,000 Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park.

Others possible for the race include Anarko, King Dan, and Going Ballistic, who also is under consideration for the $150,000 DeBartolo Memorial.

The DeBartolo, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the grass, will share a card with the Governor's Cup and the $50,000 Ricks Memorial. Hotlantic, who has won two stakes in her last three starts, is being pointed to the Ricks, trainer Dallas Keen said.

Costa Rising to stand at Clear Creek

Costa Rising will be joining the stallion lineup at one of the Southwest's premier breeding farms in 2010. Plans have been finalized for the horse to stand at Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, La., said Glenn Delahoussaye, who trained Costa Rising for Charles Castille Jr.

"He's going to stand, from what I understand, for an introductory fee of $1,500 live foal, $1,000 if they pay by September," Delahoussaye said.

Costa Rising was retired in July with a small tear in the suspensory ligament that surrounds his left hind ankle. He is a 6-year-old son of Royal Strand and won 15 of 25 starts and $901,616. Costa Rising earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 118 in September 2007, when he won an allowance in track-record time at Evangeline Downs.